I just found this site. It is a great resource. So here it goes, my first post. I'm starting a great new job. I am the manager of a department with 4 direct reports. One of the direct reports is a new hire, the other 3 are veterans with a variety of performance problems.
So here is the catch, I just found out that the previous Manager "Step-Down", and will not report to me. She has been with the company well over seven years. She will also bring my direct report count up to five. All of the members of the team share the same job title.
My concern are:
1.How should I handle this employee, who I believe only stepped down to avoid termination?
2. Since this team member used to direct the team, what potential roadblocks, or situations should I look out for?
3. This employee knows the In's and out's of my job role better than me? How can I use this to my advantage?
4. How should I treat this team member vs. the others?
Any other suggestion or tips would be greatly appreciated.